Madie Thompson

Madie Thompson, of Oakland, Ca passes away peacefully on July 9, 2017.She was born on August 26, 1931 in Houston, TX., graduating from Booker T. Washington High School and attended Texas Southern University. On February 18, 1950, Madie married the love of her life Jessie B. Thompson, who proceeded her in death.

Madie worked for over 27 years for the federal government, retiring from Social Security Administration in 1988. She gave selflessly of her time to many charitable organizations and causes and was a lifetime member of Pauline Dupee Chapter #55 and Menelink Court #53 and also belonged to the Oakland Chapter of the NAACP. She loved her family and friends dearly and enjoyed traveling.

Madie is survived by her beloved children Jessie, Byron, Hilary, Deborah, Delores, and Michelle, proceeded in death by daughter Schurniece. Daughter in law Marilyn, son in laws Ronald and Damen and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 22582 South Garden Ave., Hayward, CA 94541. Repass to immediately follow.


Mr. Glen E. Chesnut

“Estuche de Monerias”

Glen Earl Chesnut was born in Amarillo, Texas on March 04, 1930. He died in Alameda, CA on July 06, 2017 of lung disease. In his last weeks he was cared for by Kaiser Hospice. Glen’s father Sam and his mother Ulta Isa, worked on cattle ranches: Sam as a foreman and Ulta as a cook. Glen went to twelve different schools before he got out of high school as his father couldn’t stay in one place too long. Glen loved horses and took a year off from high school to work on the Crofton Ranch in Tehachapi, CA. After a rigorous time working as a cowboy, he decided to return to school and graduate from Tehachapi High. He attended Bakersfield City College and then transferred to Fresno State and earned his B.A. in 1954. He was drafted into the army upon graduating and was stationed in Germany. He didn’t like the army but, did like traveling in Europe where he became a good photographer. Years later his photographs were used by Jonathan Hayes, editor of Over the Transom for the covers of the periodical garnering rave reviews.
While in transit from Europe and aboard a ship he met a merchant seaman from Norway. Glen thought that shipping out 6 months a year and staying home for six months was something he’d like to do. He came to San Francisco. The only union that would take him was the Marine Firemen’s Union. When he finally got his seaman papers he was able to ship out on April 15, 1957. In between shipping out, Glen lived in hotels in North Beach and began to write poems and some prose. In 1964 after hanging out with an artist he began trying to paint. Around the year 1966, he stopped writing and concentrated on painting. In 1970, Glen met Ellen Sarkisian a teacher at Hoover Jr. High and a painter. They married on July 1, 1972. He continued with both writing and painting until two years before he died.
An exceptional artist (self taught) he received the Artists’ Society International 1987 Experts Choice in acrylic painting for “The Archer.” Since moving to Alameda in 2006, Glen was affiliated with the Frank Bette Center. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Glen was predeceased in death by his mother & father, brothers, J.T., Kenneth and Charles, and sisters Oliver Rhea and Marge. Glen and Ellen celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on July 01, 2017. He died 5 days later. I cherish our years together. “A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.” Here is a poem from Glen’s anthology “Of Time and Leaky Faucet” Let’s start dancing again like our ancestors used to do, dance to affect the outcome of human and natural events. It may not make a difference, but think of how much fun we will have.

Glen will be dearly missed by numerous nieces and nephews, his cousin Millard, sister-in-law Ruth and many friends.

In his loving memory, kindly donate to the following organizations: COPD Foundation Inc. – 3300 Ponce do Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, FL 33134 (866) 731 – 2673 or Alzheimer’s Disease Research – 22512 Gateway Center Drive Clarksburg, MD 20871 (301) 948 – 3244

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Chapel of the Chimes – 4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, Ca 94611. The service will commence at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 28th, 2017 in the Chimes Chapel. There will a be a reception to follow.


Rita A. Johansen

Rita A. Johansen March 15, 1928 – June 27, 2017. Resident of El Cerrito, CA, born in New Rochelle, New York, passed away peacefully in Lafayette, California on June 27, 2017. Rita was proceeded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Vern Johansen, her daughter, Rochelle Walkup and her parents Angelina and Canio Maffucci. Rita is survived by her sister Patti Fadelli (Andy) and brother Robert Maffucci (Marcia). She will be deeply missed by her nephews and nieces Scott Fadelli, Nina Fadelli, Steven Fadelli (Stacia), Bobby Maffucci (Kristy), Jill Maffucci, and a host of great nephews and nieces. Her greatest joys were spending time with her family. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends. Her quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 6 at St. Jerome Church, El Cerrito, beginning at 4:00 pm. Recitation of the Rosary to follow at 7 pm. Celebration of Life will be held at St. Jerome Church on Friday, July 7 at 11 am, followed by a private entombment at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in Rita’s memory to: Oakland Children’s Hospital Branches (Acorn Branch). 5700 M.L.K. Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609.


Patricia Eaton Gadison

Patricia was one of four children raised in the Ocean View area of San Francisco. She lost her courageous battle with a prolonged illness and passed away peacefully at UCSF Medical Center. She is survived by her daughter Amber Gadison; parents Mary Fields and Joseph Eaton Jr.; siblings, Joseph Timothy Eaton III, Adrienne Narcisse, Cheryl Eaton and John Eaton, as well as a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, sister and brother in law and friends across the country.

Patricia, commonly known by friends and peers as Pat, received an AA degree from San Francisco City College and then continued her education at San Francisco State University, graduating with honors in 1982 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing.

After graduating from San Francisco State, Pat spent most of her professional career working in pharmaceutical & medical sales. She worked for Wallace Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Diabetes. While in sales she received recognition and awards for being “Top in Sales”. She didn’t limit her business endeavors there, for a period of time she was also a real estate appraiser.

Patricia’s signature was her magnificent smile that could light up even the darkest room. Her passions outside of work were spending quality time with family and friends, exercising and traveling. Pat’s most cherished accomplishment was the birth of her daughter, Amber. She never stopped speaking on how she had matured into a smart, beautiful, independent young lady. Pat was thoughtful, optimistic, kind and rarely met a person she didn’t like. As a friend recently shared, “Pat was the kind of person who always smiled and engaged even if she did not know you; she simply loved people.” Pat was beautiful inside and out. Even in her final days, her captivating charisma brightened the lives of every person she interacted with.

Pat could be described as a fighter, a lover, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a mentor, and a champion for those that could not champion themselves. Anyone who knew Pat was blessed to have spent time with her. Rest in Peace our BEAUTIFUL CHAMPION.


Ms. Bobbie R Revere

Bobbie Robletta Revere was born in Topeka, Kansas on March 30, 1922 to proud parents Robert and Mabel Thompson. She attended Topeka High School and completed her studies in Kansas.
In 1950, she relocated to Oakland, California. There she married Mr. William Revere and started a beautiful family. If you knew Bobbie, you knew that she was not only caring & loving, but also determined, driven, feisty and efficient. She was going to get the job done. She obtained a real estate license and became an agent and founded her own company, Revere Realty. She belonged to a number of social clubs: Unique Elites Social Club and The First Church of Religious Science, where she served as a Licensed Practitioner. Bobbie entered into eternal rest on June 24, 2017. Bobbie is survived by her son, Ronald Revere; her partner of 18 years, Richard Vance; grandchildren, Dennis & Damone Revere; great grandchildren Jonathan & Ryane Revere; her sister, Mrs. Maxine Dawson; two very close family friends; Annette Revere & Karen Booker. Bobbie is also survived by a niece and a host of other family and friends.

There will be Visitation and Funeral Service held at Chapel of the Chimes – 4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, California 94611. The Visitation will be held in the Chimes Chapel at 11:00 am, followed by a Celebration of Life Ceremony at 12:00 pm.


Rosemary Riddell

Rosemary Riddell of Danville, California passed away June 9, 2017. She was born in Berkeley, California on June 24, 1936. Rosemary graduated from Oakland High School. She was married to Jan Riddell on June 19, 1954. Rosemary worked as a Secretary for the Dean of Counseling at Chabot College. She was survied by Jay Riddell, Renee’ Medeiros; Grandchildren Monique Medeiros, Nicholas Riddell and Ryan Medeiros.


Richard B. Rosseau

Richard Bidwell Rosseau, age 90 was born March 27, 1927 in Summit, New Jersey and passed away on June 27, 2017 in Berkeley, CA. Born to Francis & Helen Rosseau. Loving husband of Shirley L. Rosseau after 65 years of marriage.

Loving father of Richard L. Rosseau, M.D., Susan Scoullar Rosseau Medina, Ann Rosseau Hoyer; loving grandfather of Julie Menter, Jeremy Medina, Natalie Rosseau, Brendan Rosseau, Jane Hoyer, and Tate Hoyer; adoring great-grandfather of Marget Menter and Simon Menter.

Private Services will be held.


Marilyn Joyce Watson

Marilyn Joyce Watson, b. June 15, 1934 d. June 16, 2017, Oakland, CA was a loving wife and mother. Born in Oakland, CA, Marilyn worked for the Salvation Army and retired after 37 years of dedicated service. Marilyn was an avid gardener, she loved music and movies. Marilyn was also a wonderful cook and loved to try out new recipes. Marilyn had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with her Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Marilyn was and will continue to be a source of strength and light for her family. Marilyn and her sister Carmen were extremely close and had many adventures during their time together. Marilyn was loved by everyone in her family and she will be missed.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Wakefield Thomas Taylor, Kentucky and Rosa Maria Taylor, Mexico; brothers, Wakefield Thomas Taylor Jr, Robert Taylor, Oakland, CA; and Grandsons Josiah Watson and Douglas L. Jerrels, Jr.

Marilyn is survived by her husband of 64 years Charles Watson Jr, Oakland, CA, her children, Charles W. Watson III, Robert Carl Watson, Oakland, CA & Carmen Maria Jerrels, Stockton, CA; her Grandchildren, Charles W. Watson IV, Tokyo, Japan, Christina Watson Oakland, CA, Britney Watson, New Orleans, LA, and Dawn Jerrels, Stockton, CA and Great-Grandchildren, Arianna and Amalia, Stockton, CA; her sister Carmen Montague, Alameda, CA, and nieces and nephews, Marilyn, Muriel, Marcus and Michael Montague, Oakland & Alameda, CA.

“Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed still very dear. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Your family will love and miss you for eternity.


Mr. Carlo G. Tateo

Carlo was taken from us Sunday June 18th, 2017 in a senseless act of gun violence. He leaves behind a beautiful 2 1/2 year old daughter whom he repeatedly referred to as his “reason to keep fighting”. Unfortunately, his fight was ended too soon.

All who knew him would agree his smile and personality lit up every room he was in. You were immediately attracted to his infectious laughter and warm spirit, but were drawn in by his values and aspirations. He dedicated his life to helping the youth and bettering his community; working for after school programs, coaching high school football and soccer, as an advisor, mentor and PE teacher at his alma mater, Skyline High School.

He truly was, one of the good ones.. a man who would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need without expecting anything in return. There are simply not enough words to describe his light, but anyone who had the priveldge of knowing him or being in his presence, can attest to it.

An innocent child has lost the opportunity to grow up with her father and Carlo has been stripped of the opportunity to witness his little girl continue to blossom throughout life. A family has lost their beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin. Friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of one of their own. And so many youth have lost a true role model that was advocating so hard against the very thing that took him from us.

Our hearts are heavy with this tragic and unexpected loss. Although there is nothing that will bring him back, we are hopeful justice will be served. There is a Go-Fund-Me page that is set up in effort to alleviate some of the financial strain that comes with losing a loved one as well as to help provide his daughter, Lesieli, with anything she may need moving forward.

His memory will live on in all of us and the stories we continue to share.

“Its hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember”

Rest in Peace, Carlo.

https://www.gofundme.com/in-loving-memory-carlo-tateo

There will be a private family ceremony for Carlo.
Please contact Mrs. Sonja Tateo for details in regards to the service.


Cartier Alexander Beasley

Cartier Alexander Beasley made his grand entrance into the world December 21, 2012 to his parents Shanan Ivory and Curtis Beasley Jr. “Baby Boy” as his “GRANNY” would call him.

Cartier was an affectionate and very loveable kid. Cartier was very vocal often stating his truth of what he thought you may have smelled like, looked like, or even what he thought you need need to hear or do. “Carty here”, as he once announced entering a room.

Cartier briefly attended Supporting Future Growth Preschool in Oakland, but soon left on good terms due to his teachers not complying with his rules. Better know as “Carty’s way or the highway”.

If you yelled at Carty, Carty yelled back. Cartier loved donuts, pizza, and most of all toy cars. His love for cars became evident when he would go quietly off to his favorite place, lining each one of his cars in a row. Zoom, zoom, zoom.

Gone to soon from us but realty quickly in he arms of our Dear Lord. Cartier departed this life on Friday June 23, 2017 leaving his mother Shanan Ivory, and his father Curtis Beasley Jr. One sister Anayah Hill. One brother Curtis “Baby Curt” Beasley. Great grandmother whom he called “Granny”, Freddie Mae Burse. Three grandma’s, Judy Burse, Berteenia Rainey, and Michelle Brooks. One Grand-dad Curtis Beasley Sr, and two Pa-pa’s Anthony Ivory, and Barrett Loving. Two aunties, Corina Beasley and Lovfertiti Loving. Several Uncles, Marcus McAroy, Craig “Bookie” Smith, Michael Morgan, Isiah Smith, Henry Celestine, Gary Roberson, Raymond “Uncle Goob” Duncan. Cartier also had two special great uncles, Uncle Johnny Young, and Uncle Rickey Burse. Carty also leaves his three favorite cousins, Samantha, Tre, Deshawn, and a host of other family and friends to mourn his passing.

Carty was greeted by relatives who had gone on before him and we can only imagine the stories he’s being told.


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